Todmorden in the Rain

Stephen had a thought to visit the neighbouring village of Todmorden. To travel there we caught the bus to Mytholmroyd Train Station. Stephen had a hair cut nearby, then we caught the train. As the train was arriving our payment for tickets at the machine failed for some reason, but we got on the train thinking we could could buy them from the conductor. The conductor ignored Stephen’s signal and went and sat with the driver and we didn’t actually pay for the ride of two stops.

At Todmorden it was raining fairly consistently. Eventually we gave up waiting for it to ease off and went down the road to the Visitor Centre. We have noticed the Town Hall from the train and there are some other interesting buildings in the town as well.

We had timed our visit well and arrived on their monthly market day, so had a wander around the indoor and outdoor stalls. The food stalls were tempting, but there wasn’t much seating indoors and none outdoors, so we went to a local cafe recommended to Stephen at the visitor centre. There we had a full English breakfast, shared between two of us for £5, a bargain as there was lots of food. Hot chocolate went well with a rainy day. It wasn’t cold enough for getting a bit wet to be a problem.

We left earlier than planned as the rain did not look like clearing in the slightest. The bus was closer than the station so was our first choice for getting to Hebden Bridge. As we boarded the ticket machine wasn’t working and all of us who got on at that point were told to sit down without paying.

Eversley had chosen the Hebden Bridge Library as her place to visit for the day. We joined her in a rather nice upstairs section with comfortable sofas where we could pretend to read whilst we actually napped.

Our plan had been to have tea at a Trades Club, but when Eversley checked it out she found it not really comfortable and very noisy with a brass band practising. Instead we went to a very nice pub and shared our usual 2 between 3 to have an interesting and varied two course meal, with cider to drink.

Then it was back to the bus stop and home.

Today is a day of cleaning and packing in preparation for our departure tomorrow morning, but we will take the car out later to fill with petrol for our hosts and do some last local sightseeing.